Women in Media in the United States

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Statista dossier on women in media

This dossier has been compiled to provide statistical information about women in media in the United States. It gives statistics on the distribution of women in television, film, music, and publishing, as well as their roles behind-the-scenes.

Table of contents

  • 1. Consumption
    • Daily time women spent with media 2017

    • U.S. reading consumption: average reading time in 2018, by gender

    • Frequency of streaming TV shows in the U.S. 2019, by gender

    • Female TV viewers in the U.S. as of June 2017, by genre

    • Most popular news platforms in the U.S. 2018, by gender

    • Daily online activities of female U.S. internet users 2017, by age

  • 2. Film
    • Share of women in films in the U.S. 2017, by genre

    • Distribution of speaking characters in film in the U.S. 2017, by gender

    • Share of female film directors in Hollywood 2018

    • Gender distribution lead actors in films in the U.S. 2011-2017

    • Share of composers working on movies in Hollywood 2013-2018

    • Share of women in behind-the-scenes roles in Hollywood 1998-2018

    • Best-paid actresses in 2019

  • 3. Television
    • Gender distribution of TV directors in the U.S. 2017, by studio

    • Share of female staff on broadcast network programs 2018, by role

    • Share of females behind-the-scenes in TV streaming in the U.S. 2018, by role

    • Gender distribution of roles for broadcast scripted shows in the U.S. 2015-2017

    • Gender distribution of roles for cable scripted shows in the U.S. 2015-2017

    • Share of female characters on broadcast network programs 2018, by ethnicity

    • Distribution of speaking characters on broadcast TV in the U.S. 2018, by gender

    • Highest earning Hollywood TV actresses 2018

  • 4. Music
    • Gender distribution of popular songs in the U.S. 2018, by genre

    • Gender distribution of writers of popular songs in the U.S. 2012-2018

    • Gender of producers in the music industry in the U.S. 2018

    • Spotify: top streams worldwide 2017, by gender

  • 5. News media
    • Income of publishing employees in the U.S. 2018

    • Gender distribution of newspaper journalists in the U.S. 2017, by publication

    • Gender distribution of print news journalists in the U.S. 2017, by topic

    • Radio news work force in the U.S. 2014-2017, by ethnicity

  • 6. Media portrayal
    • Opinion on violence against women in TV shows in the U.S. 2019

    • Opinion on increase of violence against women on TV in the U.S. 2019, by gender

    • Attitudes to treatment of women in old James Bond films U.S. 2019, by gender

    • View on adequate number of roles for women in Hollywood movies 2019, by gender

    • Female sexualization in top grossing films in the U.S. 2017 by age

  • 7. Accolades
    • Female-led Oscar-nominated movies with biggest ROI 2018

    • Gender distribution of Grammy nominees in the U.S. 2013-2018

    • Gender distribution of Grammy Awards nominees in the U.S. 2019, by category

    • Gender distribution of lead actors in Oscar-winning movies in the U.S. 2011-2017

    • Distribution of Oscar-eligible films in the U.S. by gender and category 2017

    • Number of Golden Globe Best Director nominees 1980-2019, by gender

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